Friday, September 29, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Pam Faris (D-Clio) introduced House Bill 5054 yesterday to ensure that clergy members who commit sexual assault could be charged with criminal sexual conduct under Michigan law. The bill was inspired by events involving a pastor in Smiths Creek who could not be charged for sexually assaulting a woman during a supposed religious ceremony.

“People with certain titles or professions oftentimes have authority or special influence over those who go to them for...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Pam Faris (D-Clio) introduced House Resolution 156 today to declare Sept. 26, 2017, as Michigan Youth Consent Day in the state of Michigan. MY Consent Day is designed to empower young people, especially college students, to know their rights, to communicate about consent and to engage in healthy relationships to better prevent sexual assault.

“It is so incredibly important that young people recognize the power of consent in forming both healthy...

Monday, September 18, 2017

LANSING — This summer, state Rep. Pam Faris (D-Clio) held a reading contest for students in the area in grades 1-4 and 5-8. She announced today that the winners of her summer reading contest are Molly Walker of Gates Elementary in Davison and Anastacia Taylor of Carter Middle School in Clio. They have each won a free e-reader, along with a charger, case and screen protector, paid for with Rep. Faris’ personal funds, not taxpayer...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

LANSING — House and Senate Democrats have formally introduced their “Michigan Jobs First” legislation. The four-bill package gives Michigan companies a leg up when bidding on government contracts so that state tax dollars will stay in Michigan, going to companies that will create jobs in local communities.

“Many other states give preference to in-state companies in the bidding process — it’s time for Michigan to join that list,” said state Rep. Tom Cochran (D-Mason), a...

Thursday, September 7, 2017

LANSING — State Rep. Pam Faris (D-Clio) introduced a bill today to protect veterans from financial predators. House Bill 4923 would prohibit any person from requesting payment from a veteran, or a veteran’s spouse, for a DD-214 form showing proof of discharge from active duty.

“Our veterans have made sacrifices for our state and our country, the likes of which many of us cannot even imagine,” Rep. Faris said. “DD-214 papers were earned through service...

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